Proverbs 30:7

7 And then he prayed, "God, I'm asking for two things before I die; don't refuse me -

Proverbs 30:7 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 30:7

Two [things] have I required of thee
Or, "have asked of thee F1, O God"; as may be supplied, for the words are addressed to him. The following is a prayer made unto him, which contains the two requests here referred to; his requests are not many, his words are few; he did not make long prayers, or expect to be heard for much speaking; deny me [them] not before I die;
not that he thought he was near his end; nor is it his sense that he desired some time or other, at least before he died, that he might have these two requests granted him after mentioned; for what are poverty and riches, or convenient food, to a man just dying? but his meaning is, that he might be thus favoured as long as he lived; that all the while he was in the world, he might be kept from sin, and be free from anxious worldly thoughts and cares, having a moderate competency of good things: faith in prayer will have no denial; a wrestling Jacob will not let the angel go without a blessing; importunity in prayer gets much from the hands of God; "the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much", ( James 5:16 ) .


F1 (Ktam ytlav) "postulavi a te", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus; "peto ab te", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "petii a te", Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens.

Proverbs 30:7 In-Context

5 The believer replied, "Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help.
6 So don't second-guess him; he might take you to task and show up your lies."
7 And then he prayed, "God, I'm asking for two things before I die; don't refuse me -
8 Banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little.
9 If I'm too full, I might get independent, saying, 'God? Who needs him?' If I'm poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God."
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